Michael Delahoyde
Washington State University


The lines blur between philosophy, theology, and mysticism. Here are some influential thinkers and texts of the Middle Ages worth exploration.

Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy

Avicenna (Ibn Sina, 980-1037)

St. Anselm (1033-1109)

Peter Abelard (c.1079-1142)

Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

Peter Lombard (c.1100-c.1160)

Averroes (Ibn Roschd, 1126-1198)

Alain of Lille (c.1128 -1203)

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274)

Thomas Aquinas (1225/7-1274)

Meister Eckhart (1260-c.1328)

John Duns Scotus (c.1266-1308)

William of Ockham (1285-1349)

Bridget of Sweden (1304-1373)

Julian of Norwich (1342-c.1429)

Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)

The Cloud of Unknowing


Cantor, Norman. "Healing, Hope, and Renewal." The Medieval Reader. NY: HarperCollins Pub., Inc., 1994. 297-305. Anthology section includes excerpts from Thomas Aquinas (299-301), William of Occam (302-303), and The Cloud of Unknowing (303-305).

Medieval Index